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Monthly Message : 24th september 2015
Mary invites us to pray for families and for
holiness in the family
Dear friends, it is with great joy that we reflect on the Seventh
International Congress of Mary Help of Christians. As we have already
written: "In line with the motto of the Congress, "Hic domus
mea mea inde gloria mea. From the house of Mary to our homes",
we experienced the wind of the Holy Spirit that blows from the house
of Mary and renews our homes and religious communities. We see it in
the sheer joy of the participants; in the gratitude of those who contributed
in different ways to the preparation andimplementation of the conference,
a sign of their true devotion to Mary; in the truth of the power of
prayer; in the richness of the content offered in the reports, in the
testimonies of lives of the saints, in the strong and poignant experiences
of life, in the homilies of the Eucharistic celebrations; in the beauty
and careful preparation of song and prayer; the joy of brotherhood and
friendship; in the presence of people of all ages, from the newborn
to the elderly, reminding us that God's mercy is from generation to
generation. It is really a miracle of Mary Help of Christians!"
We want to express once again our thanks to the many people, institutions
and families who contributed in different ways with the spirit of service
and with the joy of the gospel to make this event of the bicentenary
of the birth of Don Bosco an event of grace for all the participants
and for the Salesian Family, as willed by Mary Help of Christians.
In particular the experience of the Congress confirms our commitment
to promoting prayer in families and for families. Prayer is a contact
and a relationship with God. We listen to God in our hearts and we speak
to him from our hearts. Listening and speaking from the heart - this
is prayer. But where are this love and this prayer born? They are born
in the family. The family that prays together stays together. And if
family members are united, they will love each other as God loves each
one of them (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta). We pray for the family
because only with prayer will new vocations arise in families, to priesthood
and consecrated life. In particular we value the prayer of the Rosary
during the month of October.
With this issue of ADMA online, we begin a new year in the life of the
association, one that we will live in harmony with the Church which
is preparing to live the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy and the Strenna
of the Rector Major. We will be helped by the monthly catechesis given
by Sister Linda Pocher, FMA, and we thank her for her willingness to
work with us and to share our journey in ADMA.
We go forward with joy and courage, knowing that we are on the right
road and that Mary Help of Christians is journeying with us.
Lucca Tullio, President
Fr Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Spiritual Animator
Risonanze dal Congresso di Maria Ausiliatrice
Ho in cuore un vivo ricordo dell'esperienza vissuta con l'ADMA e l'amore
a Maria ha preso nuova quota vedendo anche l'amore che le famiglie e
tanti giovani hanno manifestato (Madre Yvonne Reungoat - Superiora FMA).
Words cannot express my gratitude to God, Mary Help of Christians,
you, Tullio and all those who helped you to organize such a beautiful
congress. It was very well organized and everybody enjoyed every minute
of it. I can imagine all the hard work you have put into it and needless
to say problems too. !!!! It was worth the hassle and time to organize
such beautiful celebrations. Well done. Prayerfully united (Sr. Eugenia
Pantalleresco - Malta).
Veramente è stata una gioia vedere lo sviluppo del congresso
giorno dopo giorno e assaporare il gusto di questa unione di cuori arrivati
da tutto il mondo. Tutto ciò ancor più ora che i giorni
passano e alla fatica del momento subentrano le emozioni di quanto vissuto.
Siamo felici che una nostra piccola goccia abbia potuto contribuire
a tutto questo (Giovanni e Barbara con Edoardo e Eleonora - Torino).
Grazie a tutti quelli che hanno contribuito ad organizzare le giornate
del raduno della famiglia salesiana. Sono stati giorni pieni ed intensi
(Sergio Rocca - Torino).
Ringrazio di vero cuore per il Congresso di Maria Ausiliatrice riuscito
molto bene e credo che porterà frutto in tante famiglie e anche
nelle nostre sorelle e fratelli. Maria Ausiliatrice rinnova la Famiglia
salesiana e anche le nostre comunità educanti, oltre che il nostro
cuore (Suor Piera Cavaglià FMA - Roma).
GRAZIE, GRAZIE, GRAZIE per questi bellissimi giorni!!!! Mi sono trovata
in mezzo al Mondo, un'esperienza nuova e coinvolgente. Mi ha emozionata
pregare in tutte le lingue, vivere momenti di preghiera intensi, sentire
testimonianze toccanti.Adesso riprenderò in mano i documenti,
e li rileggerò con calma per farli miei (Luciana Bianchetti -
Muchas gracias por estos días de comunión y fraternidad,
por su cariño y amistad. Fraternalmente (Luisa de Arribas - Spagna).
Me sale del corazón a mí y al Grupo de Barcelona, y seguro
que también de toda ADMA de España, participantes en el
Congreso, trasmitirte nuestra cordial felicitación por el maravilloso
Congreso de Maria Auxiliadora celebrado en Turín. La organización,
la animación juvenil, la Liturgia y Oración, los Testimonios,
las conferencias tan bien preparadas, valientes y llenas de amor a la
Iglesia y al carisma salesiano... Y, especialmente, la presencia constante,
cercana y sencilla del Rector Mayor y Sor Ivonne, que se han hecho "uno
más" en medio de la Familia Salesiana.
Deseamos compartir contigo y con todos los del Equipo organizador y
Animador del Congreso nuestra más sincera felicitación,
auspiciando que los frutos delmismo y el empuje recibido se harán
notar en ADMA y en los demás Grupos de la Familia Salesiana,
especialmente mediante un mayor esfuerzo en la evangelización
de las familias, que ha sido el mensaje claro de este Congreso mariano.
Que el amor del Señor y la bendición de nuestra Madre
Auxiliadora sea el merecido premio a vuestro gran trabajo. Unidos en
la oración. Saludos muy cordiales (Joan Faner, Animador Nacional
(Barcelona - España).
Mi felicitación por el éxito del Congreso de M. A. Los
de mi grupo han venido muy contentos de esos días (Arcadio Cuadrado,
Bilbao - Spagna).
Grazie tanto per tante cose belle fatte per tante persone al Congresso!
Tanta gioia a tante che erano lì venute da tutto il mondo! Grazie
di cuore. Adesso dobbiamo pregare per ringraziare la Madonna! (Leda
Gracia, Grazie , Obrigada pelo carinho de vocês foi tudo lindo.
Salve Maria Auxiliadora !!!! (Selma Toledo Menezes - Brasile).
Un saluto tanto affettuoso ancora con la gioia nel cuore di quanto
abbiamo vissuto per il Bicentenario di D. Bosco.Giornate intense nei
diversi incontri ed eventi della nostra bella Famiglia. Ancora grazie
per il Congresso ADMA è stato un bellissimo dono (Suor Maria
Luisa Miranda, FMA - Roma).
Estuve muy atento al congreso por youtube y muy alegre de poder asistir
espiritual y virtualmente
VII Congreso Internacional de María Auxiliadora. Su alegria es
nuestra alegria, y miestras todos ustedes esten alegres nosotros también
en comunion con ustedes y con la oracion que siempre esta presente (Roberth
Gonzalez - Venezuela).
THE GOSPEL OF MERCY (1)
Sister Linda Pocher, FMA
1. In Harmony with Pope Francis
The Holy Year of Mercy will begin on 8 December 2015. In this regard
the Pope wrote: "How much I desire that
the balm of mercy
reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the
Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!" (Misericordiae
Vultus 5). "For me, the Pope's desire is a command," Don Bosco
used to say.It follows that we, as his sons and daughters, are called
in a special way to be on the same wavelength as the Holy Father. With
joy and a sense of responsibility, we want to cooperate actively so
that the Gospel of Mercy may be proclaimed throughout the whole world.
The stakes are very high, since, says the Pope, the effectiveness of
the new evangelization depends on it: "It is absolutely essential
for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself
live and testify to mercy. [
]Consequently, wherever the Church
is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident. In our parishes,
communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are
Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy." (MV 12).
But how are we to create these oases of mercy in all the places where
we live and work? The formative process proposed for the association
for this year, will be a help for those who want to take on this task:
we must allow ourselves to be reborn by the Father's mercy if we are
to be witnesses and bearers of his love. We will walk together with
Don Bosco and the saints of the Salesian Family who have gone before
us on this road: loving kindness, not with blows, make yourself loved
rather than feared... let all these typical expressions of our tradition
spring from the experience of the transforming power of divine mercy.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be our guide. She will teach us to "journey
together with Jesus, in this adventure of the Spirit" - as indicated
by the Rector Major in the Strenna for 2016. The Spirit, in fact, is
the real protagonist of our journey, because He is the true operator
of mercy, the living love which the Father and the Son constantly pour
into our hearts (Rom 5,5).
Before looking at the content of the Gospel of Mercy we ask ourselves:
At the beginning of this new year in the life of the association, am
I willing to open myself to God to be transformed into a missionary
2. Reborn in his mercy
In what does the Gospel of Mercy consist? Simply: it is the proclamation
supported by the testimony of life, that the love of God is powerful
and that it really transforms the hearts of those who trust in Him.
The mercy of God, in fact, is the concrete reality with which he reveals
his love as of that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths
out of love for their child
a "visceral" love full of
tenderness and compassion, indulgence and mercy. (MV 6). This love which
Jesus himself describes in his parables (Lk 15.1 to 32), can be contemplated
in all its beauty and depth by looking at the mystery of the Cross.
Benedict XVI writes that when Jesus speaks of "the father who goes
to meet and embrace his prodigal son, these are no mere words: they
constitute an explanation of his very being and activity. His death
on the Cross is the culmination of that turning of God against himself
in which he gives himself in order to raise man up and save him. This
is love in its most radical form."(Deus Caritas Est, 12).
On the Cross, Jesus gathers into one the two meanings of the expression
"giving one's life": to die for or in place of another and
to create a new life. From Easter onwards, we are freed from the death
sentence rightly hanging over us because of our sins and we receive
the new life of God, his Spirit which is love, peace, joy, the certainty
of being destined for eternal communion in the Trinity with all our
brothers and sisters. Concretely, it is through the sacraments that
we are united to the death of Jesus and receive the Spirit that gradually
makes us merciful as the Father is merciful (Lk 6:36). This miracle
of mercy does not happen to us once only, on the day of our baptism,
but is renewed in every confession and every Eucharist. Every time,
in fact, that we open our heart humbly to God, we become new creatures
(2 Cor 5.14 -17): we get a new way of looking at people and things,
and the strength and courage to desire to doGod's will, and these gifts
grow slowly but really within us. And even though as long as we are
on earth this new life is subject to trial and suffering, it is supported
by a hope that does not disappoint: the promise of the Spirit that we
carry in our heart and who guards us (2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14).
In the words of St Peter, "by his mercy the Father has given us
a new birth" (1 Peter 1: 3-4). Here we are at the theological root
of the need to consider education in a generative sense: God himself
educates continuously by generating a new life in the womb of his mercy.
"There is a close connection between education and generation:
the educational relationship involves us in the activity of generation
and in the experience of being children. Man does not give himself life,
but receives it." This anthropological truth which Fr Roberto Carelli
recalled for us at the recent International Congress of Mary Help of
Christians shines even brighter if we consider that the same dynamic
relationship binds us to God.As the one and only Creator, from the first
moment of our existence, God himself is both father and mother to us.
He gives us the gift of freedom and accepts fully the consequences and
risks - the need to accompany us with his action as we grow in maturity
and to educate us, and the possibility that we might reject, despise
or abandon him. A man and a woman who love one another and are open
to the gift of life, experience a fertility which they do not own totally,
because through it they come to share in something that surpasses them,
namely the creative power of God. They receive the gift of a child from
the womb of divine mercy. The more we, lay people and consecrated persons,
become aware of this truth, the more effective and fruitful our educational
action will be, because it is modelled on the divine pedagogy.
It would be a very good exercise in that respect, if we were to read
in a generative sense the story of the works of divine mercy that we
find in Scripture. To give just one example, in the book To Generate
is to Narrate, the Jesuit Jean-Pierre Sonnet writes that Exodus can
easily be read as "the story of the birth and infancy of the people
of Israel, until they reach maturity at Sinai. [...]. The crucial phase
of the event is the crossing of the sea, a traumatic scene in which
the people experienced fear of the sea that lay ahead and of the Egyptians
they had left behind. But they have to cross the sea; every other route
is excluded. Then, thanks to God and to the mediation of Moses, the
sea that had seemed an insurmountable obstacle opened before them."
When they had crossed the sea, the people were safe. They began a new
life, very different from the slavery they had endured in Egypt.They
had been set free, although they still had trials to face, but the presence
of God is assured. To prepare the disciples for his passion and death
through which they would receive final liberation from the slavery of
death, Jesus uses the image of a painful birth. Good Friday is marked
heavily by sorrow, but when death is overcome, their sorrow is changed
into unquenchable joy (Jn 16: 21-23).
Accepting the Gospel of Mercy means believing that God wants to do and
can do all that is necessary for our salvation. Of course, the Redemption
of the world is not easily achieved.It cost the Father the blood of
his Son! But for this very reason, the Christian has no right to give
up hope, even in the face of death! Very often, however, the experience
of suffering, injustice and evil threatens our faith and our hope. The
fact is that God intervenes in our lives gently. He does not want to
shock us with his power, but to educate us to know and recognize his
mercy. The first step consists precisely in trusting him without fear:Do
I believe in the transforming power of God's love, or do I live trapped
in fear, without hope, or in sin?
3. Accompanied by Mary Help of Christians
Pope John Paul II used to say, "All Christians are called to holiness".Don
Bosco said, in the famous sermon that inflamed the heart of Dominic
Savio, "It is God's will that we should be saints. It is very easy
to do that. A great prize is prepared in heaven for those who become
saints." We can paraphrase by saying that all Christians are called
to experience the mercy of God, to become witnesses of this on earth
and to enjoy it eternally in heaven.We had living proof of this truth
at the International Congress of Mary Help of Christians.
Among the many testimonies of everyday holiness that we heard, I would
like to recall the intervention of Maria Ludovica Zanet, who showed
us how "Salesian holiness includes stories of wounded families:
families where one or both parents have died, or where for different
reasons (physical, mental, moral and spiritual), the presence of the
mother or father becomes detrimental to the welfare of the children,
but today they are on their way to the honours of the altar."From
the lives of Laura Vicuña, Carlo Braga and Anna Maria Lozano
Díaz, we learn that there is no limit or wound that can prevent
people becoming holy. Indeed, with the help of God "instead of
suffering the situation passively, or moaning about it, they were able
to move with heightened awareness to overcome the problem and react
quickly, avoiding any withdrawal into self." Although starting
off from a condition of life objectively disadvantaged, these holy people
grew through the gift of their situation, and made this gift part of
the concrete conditions of life.In doing so, they united da mihi animas
with cetera tolle" and became a living sign of the transforming
power of God's mercy.
But the greatest testimony of the effectiveness of God's mercy is Mary.
When faith is gripped by doubt, when hope falters and charity fails,
we should turn to her, the Holy One, the most beautiful fruit of divine
mercy, the one who allowed the Spirit full freedom to operate in her
life according to the Father's plan. As the Mother of Jesus, she is
also the mother of mercy in person. She is the living door through which
mercy enters the world. Gazing upon Mary, we can see how she welcomes
the Spirit and allows him to work. We learn what it means to listen
to the Word and put it into practice. Mary also constantly intercedes
for us. The more we are devoted to her, the more she strives to facilitate
the work of God in us. As Montfort said, wherever Mary is, the Spirit
hastens to come.
Between the Holy Spirit and Mary there is perfect collaboration, a collaboration
that makes Mary the Mother of God, forming the child Jesus in her womb
and guiding her step by step in her difficult task as parent and educator
of the Son of God. Through situations of joy and sorrow, her love for
God is constantly transformed into love for others and vice versa, since
the content of the Word that she has received is precisely the practice
of mercy. If we want to place our pilgrimage of mercy under her maternal
care, the first condition is constancy in prayer:Am I in the habit of
listening every day to the Word of God?Do I entrust myself every day
to Mary, even with one Hail Mary?
LECCE (ITALY) - ADMA MEETING AND PRESENTATION "LIKE STARS IN THE
In Lecce on 11 June 2015, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni met the members of some
of the ADMA groups in Puglia, from Bari, Brindisi, Cerignola, Lecce
and Martina Franca. Fr Cameroni presented the key elements of ADMA and
the personal commitments to be assumed by members of the Association.
In the evening Fr Cameroni spoke to a gathering of about 250 on the
theme of holiness in the Salesian Family. He introduced them to the
book "Like stars in the sky ..." His lively address convinced
his listeners that the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of
Don Bosco is a favourable opportunity to study and make known his spiritual
experience, which flourished in rich and diverse fruits of holiness.He
mentioned the strong human and spiritual sensitivity of our saints,
blessed, venerable and servants of God, and their yearning for fullness
of life, love and happiness in God. He urged them to live the commitment
and the call to holiness and to present it in a passionate way that
would convince others, especially those of the younger generation. Since
they were in the Salesian House in Lecce, where the only basilica in
the world dedicated to Saint Dominic Savio is to be found, they could
not fail to place particular emphasis on youthful holiness which has
Dominic Savio as a leader. He is a masterpiece of the preventive system
of Don Bosco built on the foundation of God's grace, which is the source
of all holiness. (Fr Tommaso De Mitri, ADMA Spiritual Animator, Lecce).
CHILE - NEW MEMBERS ON NATIONAL ADMA DAY
On 24 July 2015, in various cities of Chile, on the occasion of National
ADMA day, twenty-seven new members joined the Association and three
families made their consecration. In Santiago, the Eucharist was celebrated
in the El Patrocinio de San José College. The National Animator,
Fr. Vincente Soccorso, presided and Frs Juan Bustamante and Pedro Pablo
Cuello concelebrated. About 150 members of the Association with their
families from all the communities of Santiago and Santa Cruz took part
with great fervour. Members of other groups of the Salesian Family were
also present: Past Pupils, Volunteers of Don Bosco and Salesian Cooperators.
The new members come from Antofagasta 5; La Serena 1; Valparaiso Parish
2; Santa Cruz 2; Puerto Montt Parish 1; Puerto Varas Sacred Heart 4;
Puerto Natales María Mazzarello 8; Punta Arenas Christ Obrero
3; and Punta Arenas María Auxiliadora 1.
MUMBAI (INDIA) - ADMA CELEBRATES THE BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF DON
In the SHRINE of the Madonna of Don Bosco in Matunga (Mumbai, India),
a large group of members of ADMA met on 16 August 2015 to honour St.
John Bosco at the conclusion of the bicentenary of his birth. They attended
the Eucharist at the Shrine and later held a meeting in the provincial
house.The sharing by most of those present was really inspired. Each
one told of a moving experience that shows how their lives are shaped
and directed by the teachings of St. John Bosco and by the motherly
intercession of Mary. It was a time of great fellowship!
Our ADMA group was founded here at the Marian shrine in September 2010
and is aggregated to ADMA Primary in Turin. We share all the prayers
and the suffrages that are offered there. Members meet on the first
Saturday of every month and strive to grow in their Christian life through
reflection on four dimensions: doctrinal, ecclesial, Marian and Salesian.
May God love you and bless you always! (Fr Wilfred, spiritual animator).
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